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04-12-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Proud to join the Pentax family

I finally got my hands on a Pentax k-x (red) and can't be more happy about my purchase. Though I have been loitering around the forum for the past two weeks, it was time to register and holler at you all to thank you for a great forum.

Landscape and Portraits is what I am interested in for now and would appreciate any 'must have' gears suggestions for my K-x.

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04-12-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group. Tell us what you have and I am sure that between us we can help you spend your tax refund or inheritance buying more lenses. A prime is one thing you must buy.
04-12-2011, 06:55 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Colbyt Quote
Welcome to the group. Tell us what you have and I am sure that between us we can help you spend your tax refund or inheritance buying more lenses. A prime is one thing you must buy.
Thanks Colbyt. All I got is the Pentax k-x and the kit lens that it came with. It's been just two weeks and I have shot over 1500 pictures. I am just in love with this camera.

Uploaded a couple of them here. Flickr: iamarunr's Photostream

I borrowed my friend's Tamron 28-200 to shoot at an Ultra marathon event and the results turned out so well. I would definitely like to add an all purpose lens. Prime, I am looking to buy a nifty fifty 1.4. Everyone says that its a must have. Apart from that I am lost.

I have a lowepro bag and a 8GB class 10 card though.

All the different kinds of lens and adapters
filters (polarizers, neutral)
tripod
IR Remote etc etc etc.

Please help me spend my tax returns, if possible, wisely
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Welcome to the Pentaxian family. I am waiting for my K-r to arrive

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You have to tell the group what you wish to photograph before the hard sell post come.

For starters you should review a lot of the pictures posted here. The lens database is an excellent resource.
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I can also recommend the Pentax 100mm f/4 macro. This is an exceptional lens and apart from the obvious use, it also makes a great candid portrait lens with superb out of focus backgrounds.
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If you like doing Landscapes I'd suggest the Sigma 10-20mm Ultra Wide Angle lens.

You can get a lens that will give you excellent Portraits as well as doubling up as a very sharp Macro lens in the Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG Macro. Both of these lenses are reasonably priced so you won't break the Bank.
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If you can deal with manual focus (really not that hard) then try going for a run of the mill 50mm lens (Pentax A style is best). You should be able to pick one up for less than $50. I got mine for $25 at the local photo store. The 50mm translates to the equivalent of a 75mm on the Kx, a really nice focal length for portraits!

Welcome and have some fun!

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QuoteOriginally posted by iamarunr Quote
'must have' gears suggestions
Welcome to the forum, the list is endless, I hope you have deep pockets.
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Thanks for the lens suggestions.
# Was browsing through the photo albums and you all are awesome photographers. I have got tons to learn from you all
# Landscape and Portraits is what I am looking at
# I was browsing through E-Bay and couldn't find a single 50mm A1.4 for under $50 . Will keep looking.
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And I doubt you will, at least not a working one. The 50mm A 1.7 can be bought for under a 100 delivered.
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Thanks Colbyt. Someone's offering a smc pentax-a 1:2 50 mm for $75. Do you think it's worth it. Not sure about the condition though. Thanks for your suggestions to this n00b, I really appreciate that.
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That sounds high for a 2.0. With a return policy they often sell for less than $40 including shipping. Hint when you search Ebay leave out the - and the SMC . Pentax A and 2 or 1.7 is all you need to type in. The results will include all the lenses that way.

Also make sure that the ad says no fungus, no oil, smooth focus and smooth moving aperture ring. This improves your return options if there is a problem. Read some of the market place ads here to see how honest sellers describe their lenses. The sellers here know their reputation is on the line and are far more honest, and picky about the descriptions. Mint means mint if it is offered here. Mint is subjective in a lot of cases on Ebay.

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Sure thing and I would need an adapter if its M42 (Screw Mount), right?
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If it is a Pentax A, you need no adapter and setting it on the A setting on the aperture, the lens will work like all your other lenses, except for the manual focus. Only the M42/screw mount lenses require an adapter.

And FYI, there was no such thing as an A lens in M42.

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